May 5, 1917


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Rochester, N. Y.

JAMA. 1917;LXVIII(18):1338-1339. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.04270050040021

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To the Editor:  —Discussion has been invited on the compulsory health insurance bill. Dr. Lambert, in a pamphlet sent out to New York State physicians, also invites discussion. After reading Dr. Lambert's and other articles on the bill, it appears to me that there are a few fundamental questions which stand out rather prominently.The bill which is being promoted in New York State—the Mills bill—is fostered by the American Association for Labor Legislation, the same association which secured the passage of the compensation bill. Their interest—we might say their only interest—is the welfare of the insured class. The proposed insured class is either apparently unfamiliar with this particular expression of solicitude, or with few exceptions definitely opposed to it. The American Association for Labor Legislation is concerned with the medical man only so far as he is needed in the scheme of the bill.The insured class includes workers

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